Breaking down the future for Brenden Aaronson at Salzburg

Brenden Aaronson (Photo by BARBARA GINDL/APA/AFP via Getty Images)
Brenden Aaronson (Photo by BARBARA GINDL/APA/AFP via Getty Images) /

Midfielder Brenden Aaronson officially makes his move to Salzburg

The MLS homegrown from New Jersey is in the midst of an incredible rise to the top of his game. He made his first-team debut for the Union only one year ago and immediately rose through the ranks to become a regular starter and one of the most exciting prospects not only in MLS but for the USMNT.

After an exciting and volatile year in MLS, the Philadelphia Union won the league and lifted the Supporters’ Shield, but was then disappointedly eliminated in the first round of the MLS cup Playoffs. Brenden Aaronson is officially making the $6 million dollar move to Austria to begin the next step of his career at RB Salzburg.

Expectations for Aaronson

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Expectations for Aaronson are high right now, he’ll be looking to come and be a difference-maker early. RB Salzburg is THE dominant team in Austria, much like Bayern in Germany or PSG in France.

Salzburg has won their league the past seven seasons in a row. The expectations are not only high for Aaronson but the team as well.

They make regular appearances in the champions league and Europa league, due to the constant dominance of their league. This experience will be huge for Aaronson and his growth.

Getting quality minutes in the champions league will put him up against the best in the world on a regular basis, an opportunity only a few get, especially for a young USMNT prospect.

Aaronson is a young player, but Salzburg is as well. Entering the team at 20-years-old, the expectations are high, but Aaronson will still need to prove that he deserves those minutes. Salzburg has been home to players like Erling Haaland, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, and many more. Aaronson will really need to prove he has the quality to be one of the best and that he’s ready to begin this next step in his career.

A familiar manager

Aaronson’s new manager at Salzburg will be none other than the American manager and former Red Bulls head coach, Jesse Marsh. After Red Bulls, he spent some time as an assistant for RB Leipzig then landed the Manager role at Salzburg where he’s been for a year.

This will bring a great familiarity for Marsh and Aaronson and will aid in the transition to his new team. Marsh knows a lot about Aaronson’s style and preferences and will be keen on placing him where he can do his best. Aaronson will also have a much easier time adapting to life in a new team and a new country.

Sitting in the heart of Europe, Austria isn’t known very well to us over here in America. This familiarity with Marsh should help bridge the gap and help him get acclimated much faster to daily life at Salzburg and in Austria.

After Salzburg?

Ok hold on folks, he hasn’t even had his first bite of Weiner Schnitzel yet! But nonetheless, Aaronson is a fast-rising prospect with a high ceiling, the next step after the next step should not be out of the question. But all will depend on his year in Austria. The Premier League would be an exciting destination, but the Bundesliga might make more sense. Possibly moving to the RB team in Germany, Leipzig.

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It will all depend on the success he has at Salzburg. Following a successful season where Aaronson was a regular first-teamer, transfer rumors would be swarming around constantly. If he was to continue that form I couldn’t see him in Salzburg for more than 3 years. Salzburg will take on SC Rheindorf Altach on January, 24, to open their 2021 season.